Violent crime rates in Missouri and around the country have fallen by almost 50% since 1993, according to figures from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. However, studies reveal that most Americans believe the country is becoming more dangerous, not less. This misconception is partly caused by a steady stream of mainstream media stories that stoke public fear and make sensational acts of violence seem far more common than they actually are. In addition, the abundance of information Americans have about modern life and the dizzying number of ways they can share it could also be playing a role.
Missouri residents might like to know about the new records regarding exonerations from prison set in 2018. Last year, 151 people were exonerated after serving a combined total of 1,639 years in prison, resulting in an average of 11 years for each person. The National Registry of Exonerations tracks data involving people released from prison after being falsely convicted, and the group said the amount of time spent behind bars is a new record.
Prisons and jails in Missouri and around the country have a disproportionately high number of black inmates. Civil rights groups say that this is the result of systemic racism in the criminal justice system and have referred to the mass incarceration of African-Americans as the new Jim Crow, but there are situations where the unfair treatment black defendants receive is unintentional rather than malicious.
Federal officers can't force people to unlock their iPhone with biometrics, such as finger or face access, according to a recent ruling from the U.S. District Court in Northern California. Previously, the feds were allowed to force this kind of entry while not being allowed to force an individual to reveal a password. This new decision treats all logins as equal and may be a landmark case in terms of privacy rights. The ruling applies to federal officers operating in Missouri and all states throughout the country.